Archives for February 2011

DIY Fabulous Frugal Faux Canvas Painting Tutorial

Create an oil paint effect on prints, using Mod Podge Brushstrokes.
These prints were mounted on plywood and painted with Mod Podge to create beautiful faux oil paintings! Read on for full tutorial…

tut12I am so excited about the way this project went! As mentioned in the prior post, here, I created these prints in Photoshop with the idea in mind that I would try something similar to the project over at Infarrantly Creative (see this post).

I had the images printed at 12×12′ on glossy stock. At Michael’s, I picked up 1/2x12x12′ birch plywood squares. Since I wanted the pictures mounted on 1′ backing, I used Gorilla Glue to adhere 2 pieces of birch plywood together for each of the 3 prints. You could also use MDF in for the backing, cut to the size of your prints. I used the plywood because it was already cut to the size I wanted, and it was cheap.

Once the gorilla glue was dry, I was ready to adhere the prints to the wood. Super 77 has minimal overspray, but make sure you cover your work surface, cause this stuff is sti-iii-cky, for real. Spray a thin coat on both the back of the print and on the wood surface and lay the print in place, smoothing flat with your hand. This holds big time and bonds immediately, so make sure you have the pic lined up before placing it. I turned the piece over on a flat surface and applied pressure to the back to ensure I hadn’t missed any air bubbles. This part was really much easier than I thought it would be. I had no problem with air bubbles.

Next, the fun step using Mod Podge Brushstrokes. I just recently ran across a post using this medium and I am in love. I used a 1 inch foam bruse and small texturizing brush. I read that if you are painting the Mod Podge onto photo paper, you should use an acrylic sealer before applying. This was just glossy stock, and I had no problem with ink bleeding. You may want to test a small area before painting your entire work. I just applied strokes randomly. There wasn’t a lot of strategy. The prints themselves I made with a painted effect in photoshop, so I kinda followed along the strokes in the images, but mostly it was just random. Look how cool they are. They look like for real oil paintings!

After the Mod Podge dried for about 30 mintues, I applied gesso to the sides of the wood (you could also use primer), then painted with white acrylic over that.

I used thick tacks (U-shaped) and wire for the hanging mechanism.

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Here they are on the wall…


You can do this with your own images, posters or garage sale finds. The Mod Podge brushstroke effect looks particularly impressive with photos that have been digitally altered using paint effects. That is a photoshop lesson for another day.

Happy Valentine’s Day Free SBL Prints

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It has been a rewarding first year of blogging. I have been exposed to such talented and generous fellow artsy bloggers. It would take me two lifetimes to do all the wonderful projects I have bookmarked. I love how supportive the blogosphere can be. As a thank you to all I have met, and all of my loyal followers, I have provided these prints I created for Valentine’s day.

Full resolution downloads:
“Love” (top pic)
“Home”(bottom pic)

Very soon, you will see a detailed post on a project I have in mind for these guys. They are 1212 inch squares, resolution 300 ppi.
You can do whatever you want with them. I would appreciate all who download to sign up to as an email subscriber to SBLC. Have a happy day!

Crafty Blogger Frustrated With HTML


I share this with you to explain why things look differently here at Saved By Love Creations, to bring you a jackpot resource I encountered, and to let you talented html gurus out there know that I would love to trade services with you. Seriously. Go to my Artfire store. Will craft for code. Just sayin’.

It turns out I am clueless somewhat lacking in the area of html. I know exactly what I want my site to look like, and am having a heck of a time describing it to the template editor. It just doesn’t get me, you know?? Being the DIYer that I am, I have been resistant to hire my site’s design, but after yesterday’s futile coding session… oh, who am I kidding? It has become a thing. I must succeed (unless my the above offer gets some bites, that is).


I have been on an internet scavenger hunt through all of this. I must share with you this impressive resource I have found; Daily Blogging Tips. When I started blogging a year ago, I really didn’t have goals in terms of income, subscribers, traffic and the like. I was a frequent flyer on several inspiring DIY crafty sites, and decided it would be cool to contribute to the idea sharing. In no way was I aware of the monetization opportunities available to anyone willing to put in some time and effort. While I don’t have capital to invest at the moment, I do have the commodity of time, a raging craft addiction, and a love for graphic design (coding, not so much).
After investing several years of my life and energy on a path to a career I never wanted (a story for another post), I am still finding my way. In the meantime, I may as well step things up a bit. Daily Blogging tips (DBT) details exactly how to do so. Here, Daniel shares the lessons he has learned since he started blogging and developing websites in 2005. He is generous with what he knows, and presents the information in very practical terms for bloggers of any level to benefit. Today, DBT is among Technorati’s 500 top blogs in the world. I am not surprised in the least.

While this was a nice respite from the whole blogger template fiasco that started this post, it is back to the ring for another round. In case you missed it, I am very much open to swapping skills.


Thrifty Thursday Blog Hop Week 11


Week 11 of Thrifty Thursdays. Look around and join the fun. The idea is to link to your frugal post, whether it be a DIY, recipe, tip, coupon… if you like it, link it. If you don’t have a thrifty post to link to, feel welcome to join the hop anyway, and link to your main blog.

Other stuff:
*Grab my “Thrifty Thursday” button above and throw it on your lovely site. Let’s grow this!
*I will choose 2 participants to feature the following Thursday, please drop by and say hello to the feature bloggers. And follow them if it pleases!
*Follow the blogs that toot your horn, and feel free to follow anyone who follows you. Leave a comment when you follow so that the blogger will know you are a new follower.
*Leave me a comment and let me know you were here. I love hearing from you.
*These are not rules, just suggestions!
*Have fun ๐Ÿ™‚


Weekly Featured Blogs:
1. My Swanky Crafts

My Swanky Crafts

Ashlee introduced me to Brush Stroke Mod Podge, which I picked up today and cannot wait to use! She has some adorable tutorials. Go say hi and follow along!
2. Mom’s By Heart

Lori has some sweet and FREE Valentine’s Day printables, and other frugal pointers and coupons. Go say hello, get your print on, and show some follow love!

Crochet Headband Cuteness

My mom is in a crochet thread phase, and she inspired me to make this headband from one of her pattern books. I am in love with it. I was going to put it in my artfire store, but we have officially bonded. This is a great project for scrap yarn, and it is quick.



Here is the pattern book…


When I love something this much, I obsess and pop out tons of them. Keep an eye out for spring colors soon!!

Post It Note Tuesday; Take Time to Laugh

Only Parent Chronicles





Sunday Shines

On this day of reflection upon all God has created, I have decided to share a few things that have warmed my soul this week. First is this beautiful photograph (from an anonymous source in Egypt) of Egyptian Christians forming a human shield around a group of praying Muslims. This is how things should be…

Next, this video I ran across on youTube. David Crowder Band has been one of my favorites since I first became a Christian a few years back. Their energy, passion, humor and playfulness

combine into a unique source of endless inspiration. Their song, “O Praise Him” came on my shuffle while I was running this week, and up went my hands in praise. I searched the song on youTube when I got home, and found this guy just praising in the middle of NYC. Watch the entire video. Beautiful, beautiful…

And lastly, another video. This was posted by a friend on facebook. It struck me as a wonderful depiction of temptation’s stronghold on humanity, as it distracts them from TRUTH, from God, from freedom, fulfillment and peace…
Blessings and love to all…

The Graphics Fairy For a Host of Beautiful Images…

Someone tweeted something… I ended up on a site that referenced images from the Graphics Fairy, and I became aware of this treasure cove of free vintage images. Couldn’t sleep well knowing I hadn’t done my part in spreading the word. I bring you…

The Graphics Fairy
Take a look at Karen’s comprehensive list of creative sites, free printables and tutorials.

Here are some of my favorite graphics. My mind is whirling with ideas for projects involving these (and many more, but you get the idea)…


Amidst the useful links, I found information detailing copyright laws and links to more info on the topic. Did you know that images prior to 1923 are public domain. I did not. Most of Karen’s images are, therefore, pre 1923. Pretty cool. I love it when I get schooled. I foresee some new pendants utilizing this source. Thanks, Karen!!

Inspired Pendants






God is indescribably wonderful. How blessed are we?! Some new designs to express love for our creator.

Thrifty Thursday Blog Hop Week 10


Week 10 of Thrifty Thursdays. Look around and join the fun. The idea is to link to your frugal post, whether it be a DIY, recipe, tip, coupon… if you like it, link it. If you don’t have a thrifty post to link to, feel welcome to join the hop anyway, and link to your main blog.

Other stuff:
*Grab my “Thrifty Thursday” button above and throw it on your lovely site. Let’s grow this!
*I will choose 2 participants to feature the following Thursday, please drop by and say hello to the feature bloggers. And follow them if it pleases!
*Follow the blogs that toot your horn, and feel free to follow anyone who follows you. Leave a comment when you follow so that the blogger will know you are a new follower.
*Leave me a comment and let me know you were here. I love hearing from you.
*These are not rules, just suggestions!
*Have fun ๐Ÿ™‚

Weekly Featured Blogs:

*A Little Knick Knack: I recently found this sweet site, where Meg provides lots of thrifty decor inspiration. Go. Visit. Create. Enjoy!
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*In the Loop: Another Meg this week. Pure coincidence. Both awesome. Head on over to In the Loop for crafty tutorials, recipes and inspiration galore.